Employer Reimbursement Assistance provides resources to employers training new and existing employees through a dual education training model. A dual education apprenticeship is a “earn and learn” opportunity that provides a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training. An apprentice is an individual who has an employment relationship with an employer and is receiving training to increase his/her skills to prepare the worker for full-time, permanent occupation within the targeted workforce. Apprentices start working from day one with incremental wage increases as they become more proficient on the job. The apprentice is considered to be a regular employee in all respects, entitled to the same treatment as any other similarly situated employees.
Apprenticeship Employer Reimbursement Assistance reimburses eligible employers up to 50% of a WIOA-eligible apprentice’s regular wages for up to 3,500 training hours worked or $25,000. Training time is reduced to the degree that the employee has relevant experience.
The apprenticeship program and all apprentices should be registered with the federal Department of Labor.
The occupation being trained for must be on a State of Illinois list of Demand Occupations and pay at least $11.44 per hour on average throughout the apprenticeship.
Responsibilities of the employer are to supervise, train and submit a monthly time record on a Career Link timesheet. The employer is reimbursed on a monthly basis throughout the Apprenticeship Employer Reimbursement contract.
A signed contract must be in place before the new employee can start work.
Career Link has been providing training assistance to eligible residents of this area since 1975. Funds are provided through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act administered by the federal Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Commerce.
For more information, contact Norm Griffin at 309-321-0255 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dona Nanney at 309-807-1375 or email@example.com.
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